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Diabetes: Tai Chi, qigong medical research


American Diabetes Association

Tai Chi Chuan Exercise Decreases A1C Levels Along With Increase of Regulatory T-Cells and Decrease of Cytotoxic T-Cell Population in Type 2 Diabetic Patients
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Medical News Today - UK

"Tai Chi Can Help Control Type 2 Diabetes"
LONDON: Tai Chi Chuan, the traditional Chinese martial arts exercises, could help curb symptoms of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The study suggested that Tai Chi might prompt a fall in blood glucose levels, or improve blood glucose metabolism, triggering a drop in the inflammatory response, reports the British Medical Journal. The findings of the study indicate that regular Tai Chi Chuan exercise improves T cell helper function of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus with an increase in T-bet transcription factor and IL-12 production. T cells are a vital constituent of the body's immune system, which generate powerful chemicals, including interleukins (ILs), which alter the immune response.
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American Diabetes Association

A Louisiana State University study found that people who had plantar peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes, after 24 weeks of Tai Chi classes enjoyed an increased sensitivity of the soles of the feet, greater balance, and faster walking speed. (Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Page 118).
Diabetes. A few studies, including one ramdomized trial, have reported improvements in blood sugar control following Tai Chi training. However, most of the more rigorous RCTs have not reported any apparent benefit of Tai Chi on glucose metabolism. (Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Page 158)..
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Note from "Tai Chi & Meditation for Health" Instructor at the University of Kansas Health Network ... more "Tai Chi and Diabetes Research Below:

Harvard's Guide to Tai Chi emphasizes the importance of incorporating visualization/medtative experience with Tai Chi movement. Not all Tai Chi teachers incporporate this crucial element of Tai Chi. In our current classes, several of our students have reported on how their blood sugar levels have improved since beginning our classes. One student was on insulin when she started Tai Chi at the medical center, and is now off insulin entirely (note: do not make any medical changes in your therapy, but do discuss this research with your physician, as your Tai Chi may improve your blood sugar levels so your physician need to watch this, in case medication adjustments are needed).

Another student in our program was poised to go on insulin, three years ago, when he had maxed out on three prediabetic medications, including daily injections. After a few months of Tai Chi Meditation, his physician began reducing his diabetes medications, including ending his daily injections, as his blood sugar levels improved. Another student had been on 50 unites of insulin 4 times daily upon beginning Tai Chi Meditation. He has now dramatically reduced his insulin intake. Again, no one should change medication levels, unless instructed by your physicians, but you SHOULD let your physician know you are practicing Tai Chi Meditation techniques to be aware your A1C levels may improve.


British Journal of Sports Medicine

Tai Chi Chuan Exercise Decreases A1C Levels Along With Increase of Regulatory T-Cells and Decrease of Cytotoxic T-Cell Population in Type 2 Diabetic Patients
Regular Tai Chi Chuan exercise improves T cell helper function of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus with an increase in T-bet transcription factor and IL-12 production

Abstract Background: Exercise has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM); its benefit to immune function, however, remains to be determined ...
Results: Fasting glucose and HbA1c levels in the patients with type 2 DM were significantly higher than in age-matched controls before exercise. After TCC exercise, HbA1c levels in patients with type 2 DM significantly decreased (7.59 (0.32)% vs 7.16 (0.22)%; p=0.047) and blood levels of IL-12 increased significantly (5.96 (1.10) vs 12.96 (3.07); p=0.035) ...
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National Institutes of Health - PUBMed

A 12-week Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) exercise programme decreases HbA1c levels along with an increase in Th1 reaction. A combination of TCC with medication may provide an even better improvement in both metabolism and immunity of patients with type 2 DM.
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Beijing Medical University

Diabetes: Tai Chi's stress management and increased circulation qualities make it ideal for diabetes. A Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology study found that blood sugar could be lowered successfully by doing Qigong exercises.  42.9 percent of patients in the study were able to take less medicine while having more staple foods. Nanjing University's study found that Tai Chi exercise helped to regulate metabolic disorders of type 2 diabetes mellitus with geriatric obesity by regulating the nervous-endocrine system in the body.



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